Central Lincoln People’s Utility District – North Operations Center

Newport, Oregon

Central Lincoln People’s Utility District (CLPUD), an electric utility located on Oregon’s Central Coast, voted in 2015 to relocate its North Operations Center outside the tsunami zone to better serve the community following a disaster. CZ|DS, working in collaboration with Eugene-based gLAs Architects, provided space planning, interior design, and furniture procurement services for the new 60,000 sf facility. The project is comprised of warehouses, substation, as well as office space for crews, shops, communication and engineering techs, and operations staff.

Polished concrete floors and industrial finishes set the tone for the development of the interiors, enhancing this employee-centric workspace with wood tones and rugged textures. Plywood wall protection in corridors, and the use of color for wayfinding exemplify design strategies used to create facilities for a variety of work needs and styles. New furnishings for meeting rooms and office workspaces are designed to provide a high-performing workplace (including sit-to-stand desks) to support the utility’s critical mission.

Architect: gLAs Architects